Summary of article in Billed Bladet #38, 2017.
Written by Trine Larsen.
PH's valet for many years, Anker Andersen, has written an autobiography, encouraged by PH.
The now 85 year old, Anker Andersen, served the DRF for 40 year. 33 of them as valet for PH.
During those years he has of course been almost as close as you can be to both King Frederik IX - and his wife, Queen Ingrid. And PH, and as such also QMII. But also King Harald and Queen Sonja, to whom he was seconded when they were visiting DK.
He retired in 1999 and on hearing that Queen Sonja, kissed him on both cheeks and thanked him. The sight of that made the former Chief of Court, Søren Haslund Christensen to dryly remark: "Well Anker, it's probably a good thing you are retiring, now that you've started fraternizing the queens".
After being educated as a tailor, he served in the military before staring his 40 year career with the DRF. First as a footman and later he became a valet for Frederik IX. Today he now lives in an apartment very close to Amalienborg. (A number of buildings and apartments around Amalienborg is owned by the state and reserved for present and former employees of the DRF. Such apartments are otherwise next to impossible to get for ordinary people or at the very least very, very expensive).
And during his career he has experienced quite a lot, like bathing with PH. Can he tell about such a personal thing?
"Yes, because in all the years I have worked for the DRF, I can with peace of mind say that there has never been anything that cannot be told openly. Of course the royals have a private life and they should have, but they don't do things in secret that would shock or which I can reveal.
The thing about the bath stems from back when the Prince after his back-surgery in 1995 was critically ill and for example needed help bathing. So I jumped into the shower, wearing a pair of underpants and helped him.
The Prince was incredibly easy to work with and very grateful when you did something for him. And I was delighted on his behalf over the progress he made, because I could see very close up how many and severe pains the Prince was in and how much he worked on getting better.
That's how the Prince is today as well, even though he has become more than 20 years older".
But there has always been a distance. He has never addressed neither Frederik IX nor PH with anything but third person. It's always been Your Majesty or Your Royal Highness - and that's how it should be.
In fact he transferred from Frederik IX to PH, while PH and then princess Margrethe danced their wedding waltz.
He says about Frederik IX: "The King taught me everything. - I was very happy during my time with the King. He was a very fine person, very jovial and easy, but things had to be in order. There everything ran like a ruler and on time".
When he had transferred to PH, he had to teach the new Prince everything about uniforms and orders and what not.
He says about PH: "... He's a fantastic person and I've had so many funny and fantastic experiences together with him, yes, and the Queen. I'm very fond of them".
Q: What has surprised you the most in working for the DRF?
AA: "Well, perhaps that it in the daily life isn't as solemn/aloof as you might believe.
It was of course fantastic to be a part of the whole thing, a part of history, but you sense that in a different way, because the royals are all so sweet. They become like your own family".
Q: Do your have a favorite among the royals?
AA: "King Harald... yes, and Queen Sonja, they are fantastic both of them.
Here at home it's of course the Prince, my former employer. Prince Henrik has been fantastic to me! Always"!